Category Archives: Community Connection

Knit and Crochet at Schmaling

picture of yarn and knitting needles in a basket

The Clintonish Knitters will be knitting and crocheting at Schmaling Saturday,  June 24th, from 10am until noon.  
We encourage any adults or teens to please come join them!  All levels of experience and skill are welcome: even if you have NO experience, these ladies will have extra materials and tools available to assist and instruct.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with others who share your interests, or to be inspired by these pretty nifty knitters!

YA Summer Reading Lego Contest

During the entirety of this year’s Summer Reading Program, 6th – 12th grade participants will have the opportunity to compete in a  Lego Building Contest!
    • Use your creativity to design something related to the library: a model of the building, a book cover, a character or scene from your favorite book, or anything else from your imagination!


    • To be fair to all contestants, all building needs to be done at the library — using our library Legos.  Each Thursday afternoon beginning at 2 pm, you will have time to work on your project.   We will then store your designs in a safe place for you.


    • All entries must be completed by the end of the day on Monday, July 10th.  Library patrons will then vote on their favorite.  The winner will be announced on Monday, July 17th.  The prize will be a $25 gift certificate.


Prairie Cat Now Offers Personalized Schmaling Homepage and New Digital Media Service

Prairie Cat is new and improved!
Now when you arrive at the login page which has been personalized for Schmaling, you will see many scroll bar menus featuring national bestsellers and new items from various genres at Schmaling.
Toward the bottom of the page, you will find links to eRead Illinois and a new ebook service: biblioboard.
Biblioboard differs from eRead IL in that you are able to actually download most books that they offer (public domain stuff), as opposed to limited borrowing time or waiting for availability. Furthermore, ANYONE in IL can access this for free – you don’t need a library card! You just must physically be in Illinois when you first create your account due to their geolocation-based authentication system.
To describe biblioboard in their own words: they boast of “a growing assortment of rich historical and locally curated multimedia content–available to all with the ease of unlimited, multi-user access.”  Upon visiting the site a few times, I have noticed a large and changing variety of subject groupings that they refer to as curations.  Some have included British Children’s Literature, Scholarly Works on Film and Media, Shakespeare, Historical Primary Source Documents, Exhibits from National Libraries and Archives, Mathematics, Business and Law, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Community History … there are seriously to many to name.  There are also video and audio selections, including music.  And while it isn’t necessary in order to utilize biblioboard, they do offer a Kindle app.